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Christmas in July Tutorial - Hexie/Kanzashi Pincushion
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 07:00
2. From the pincushion fabric, cut two hexies.
A sweet little hexie/kanzashi pin cushion to celebrate Christmas in July!
Some of us who make gifts for Winter Holiday giving like to get started "making" early. And since many of us, and I am no exception, have been completely seduced by hexies and kanzashi, I decided as my "Christmas in July" gift to you, I would incorporate both in designing a little pin cushion that would be perfect for holiday gift giving.
A little pin cushion idea using both my addiction and my infatuation began to take shape in my mind. And then I added a bit of embroidery and finished it off with my brand newly learned skill - crochet! Oh! And the fabric I used for the cushion itself - hand dyed muslin - dyed using purple corn husks!
So now - before I think of anything more to chatter about -
here is the tutorial! Happy Christmas in July!
Note: the pin cushion measures approximately 4" across - point to point.
1. Select your fabrics (quilting weight cottons are best).
2. From the pincushion fabric, cut two hexies.
I have created a little pdf of the hexie pattern I used and if you do not see a link to the pdf at the bottom of the post, just shoot me an e-mail and I will send it right out to you. (Technical guru is busy with nephew!)
3. From fabric chosen for your hexies, cut 7 small hexies. Mine are 1/2" on a side and about 7/8" across. A small seam allowance is added around the edges when cutting.
My sweet friend Joanie has been so kind to offer to send anyone who wishes her templates for hexies this size. Just leave a comment with your e-mail on this post and she will send you the templates.
4. From the fabric chosen for your round petal kanzashi flower, cut 6 squares 1 1/4" x 1 1/4".
5. Make 7 hexies using this tutorial on Nini Makes or this one on Sunshine Creations. (I see no reason to reinvent the wheel here and create yet another hexie tutorial when there are so many already out there. These are two very good ones.)
6. Using teeny, tiny little stitches as shown in Joanie's tutorial, stitch the hexies together.
7. Once the hexies have been stitched together, carefully center them on the larger hexie chosen as the pincushion top. Pin in place and then baste to secure the little hexie flower in place while you stitch. It does like to move while you are stitching, so take my advice and baste the hexie flower to the pincushion top if you want your hexie to remain centered!
8. Stitch the hexie flower in place using more teeny, tiny stitches around the entire outside edge of the hexie flower.
9. Now make a kanzashi round petal flower.
Follow Diane's tutorial here on Woman's Day or better yet, buy her beautiful book so you will have the instructions for making many different kanzashi flowers and ideas for using kanzashi to spice up your life.
While you are making your kanzashi, try not to place any glue right in the very center and do not add the button. Once completed (minus the button), you can temporarily set your kanzashi in the center of the hexie just to see how it looks! (My really awful test kanzashi - don't look too closely!)
Actually, I am quite glad I made a test kanzashi because I immediately discovered that the 1"x1" kanzashi squares (which magically become a 1" kanzashi) are a little too small. I found that making 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" squares delivered a perfectly sized kanzashi.
Also at this point I tested the idea of using embroidery around the hexies - loved it! The embroidery actually gives the illusion that there is a bit of padding inside each hexie!
10. If you wish to add embroidery, then the next step is to embroider a favorite outline type stitch around the hexies. I used a cable stitch or side to side stem stitch.
Note: I am using perle cotton instead of stranded floss because I am thinking it will hold up better should it be delivered a direct stab from a pin!
11. Pin together the top and the bottom pieces of your pin cushion - right sides together. Using a small stitch length, stitch a 1/4" seam on five sides leaving the sixth side open for turning and stuffing.
12. Stitch again right next to the first stitching for strength.
13. Trim the excess fabric from the corners.
14. Turn the pin cushion so that the right sides are facing out and finger press the seams.
15. Stuff with your favorite filler. I used some fairly dense fiber fill I found at a thrift.
16. Using a ladder stitch (tiny ladder stitches) close the opening. This is a great video how-to on Craftzine.
17. Attach the kanzashi flower using a few tiny stitches or a few drops of glue. (Avoid adding glue to the very center of the kanzashi.)
Note: It occurred to me that if I embroidered a chain stitch around the edge of the pin cushion, I could then use it as the basis for a crocheted edge. I only know how to single crochet and double crochet and finding double crochet too wide for my taste, I used single crochet. I am sure there are pretty options known to many of you who are fluent in crochet!
18. Embroider a chain stitch around the entire pin cushion to cover the join seam and then single crochet using the chain as your base.
Or if you do not crochet, the chain stitch or a pretty embroidery stitch designed for borders would be pretty but not necessary.
19. Select a pretty button for the very top of the kanzashi.
20. Secure the button to the pin cushion by catching a knotted double thread in the fabric under the kanzashi. Then bring the needle up through the center of the flower, through your button and back down through the center to the center of the back side of the pin cushion. Make a small stitch in the back side, go back through the cushion and through the button again. Repeat three or four times. Tie off the thread and...
YOU ARE DONE!